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List Rules Only pro football players. Please vote for the players based on his career accomplishments

One of the hot topics of debate not only among NFL fans but pundits as well is who is the best football player of all time. Fans will also enjoy the best NFL coaches of all time and the best NFL quarterbacks currently in the league. It's a very difficult question to answer and one that can't be answered very easily. Do you rank a quarterback above an offensive lineman and likewise for a defensive end versus a wide receiver. Many of the players on this list have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, so this is a list of the best of the best players

All time greats like Jim Brown, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Lawrence Taylor are deservedly on this list. These players dominated the league when they played, often causing chaos on the field and often terrorized opponents and breaking the hearts of those fans. Football fans can agree that regardless of position, the players on this list should be considered among the best football players ever. These players' stats and overall influence on the way the game was played factor into why they're considered the best.
Vote for the football player you consider to be the greatest of all time. It's not an easy choice and you pretty much can't go wrong with any of these superstar players. There's a reason why they're considered the best football players ever and this your chance to choose who is the best of the best.

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+ - 10,687 4,381
Jerry Rice is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jerry Rice Wide receiver

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+ - 9,013 4,203
Joe Montana is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Joe Montana Quarterback

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+ - 8,610 3,146
Barry Sanders is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Barry Sanders Running back

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+ - 8,841 3,553
Walter Payton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Walter Payton Running back

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+ - 6,524 3,210
Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Lawrence Taylor Linebacker

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+ - 5,931 3,139
Jim Brown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jim Brown Running back, Fullback

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+ - 8,373 5,330
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tom Brady Quarterback

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+ - 7,128 5,250
Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Peyton Manning Quarterback

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+ - 4,956 2,422
Reggie White is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Reggie White Defensive tackle, Defensive end

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+ - 5,927 2,517
Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Deion Sanders Cornerback, Punt returner Kickoff returner

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+ - 4,737 2,396
Brett Favre is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Brett Favre Quarterback

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+ - 4,641 2,680
Dan Marino is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dan Marino Quarterback

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+ - 4,853 2,244
Emmitt Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Emmitt Smith Running back

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+ - 4,539 2,233
John Elway is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
John Elway Quarterback

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+ - 4,840 2,560
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ray Lewis Linebacker

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+ - 4,282 1,898
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Randy Moss Wide receiver

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+ - 4,628 1,242
Bo Jackson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bo Jackson Running back

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+ - 3,632 1,843
Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Dick Butkus Linebacker, Center

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+ - 3,667 1,483
Joe Greene is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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+ - 3,494 1,505
Ronnie Lott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ronnie Lott Cornerback, Safety Defensive back

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+ - 3,169 1,914
Johnny Unitas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Johnny Unitas Quarterback

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+ - 3,602 1,679
Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Steve Young Quarterback

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+ - 2,659 1,414
Eric Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Eric Dickerson Running back

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+ - 3,529 1,483
J. J. Watt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
J. J. Watt Defensive end

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+ - 2,733 1,330
Marshall Faulk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Marshall Faulk Running back

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+ - 2,664 1,166
Calvin Johnson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Calvin Johnson Wide receiver

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+ - 3,110 1,702
Adrian Peterson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Adrian Peterson Running back

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+ - 2,050 1,250
Deacon Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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+ - 2,550 1,492
Terry Bradshaw is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Terry Bradshaw Quarterback

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+ - 2,159 1,289
Jack Lambert is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Jack Lambert Linebacker

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+ - 2,035 1,184
Roger Staubach is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Roger Staubach Quarterback

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+ - 2,465 1,613
Tony Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Tony Gonzalez Tight end

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+ - 2,138 1,090
LaDainian Tomlinson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
LaDainian Tomlinson Running back

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+ - 1,870 760
Larry Fitzgerald is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Larry Fitzgerald Wide receiver

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+ - 2,123 1,142
Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Earl Campbell Running back

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+ - 1,897 640
Charles Woodson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Charles Woodson Cornerback, Return specialist Safety

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+ - 2,605 1,336
Aaron Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Aaron Rodgers Quarterback

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+ - 2,192 1,201
Bart Starr is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Bart Starr Quarterback

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+ - 1,872 735
Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Irvin Wide receiver

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+ - 1,894 964
Rod Woodson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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+ - 1,723 1,082
Bruce Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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+ - 1,757 999
Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Ed Reed Free Safety

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+ - 2,098 1,330
Troy Aikman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Troy Aikman Quarterback

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+ - 1,878 1,183
Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Gale Sayers Running back, Return specialist

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+ - 1,861 1,305
Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Otto Graham Quarterback

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+ - 1,749 797
Troy Polamalu is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Troy Polamalu Strong Safety

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+ - 2,223 1,167
Drew Brees is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Drew Brees Quarterback

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+ - 1,399 570
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Rob Gronkowski Tight end

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+ - 1,503 1,115
Mike Singletary is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Football Players Ever

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+ - 1,483 716
Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Football Players Ever
Michael Strahan Defensive end